Pugilist’s Training Tips: Choice of Weapons

This is a guest post from Oleg Fadeev who comes to us all the way from Nizhni Novgorod, Russia.

Hi all!

Today it’s time to visit our armory and have a look at what we have there. For the sake of a logical approach let’s divide our weapons into offensive and defensive means.

Offensive means

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It is the simplest section for a boxer, actually. If you condition your knuckles and wrists properly you need no special “street” techniques (the pugilistic way of the hand conditioning you may find in my previous article about the Basics). All boxing strikes and punches which you practice in your gym are also good for the street fighting. The only thing to remember is that we shouldn’t use long series and combinations of strikes, just two or three strikes sequences: jab-cross, right cross-left hook and other basic boxing stuff. “The simpler – the better” is the main rule in the street.

Defensive means 

This is far more complicated thing. Let me remind you that there are two main reasons which make us choose our defenses very carefully:

There are no gloves in the street. 

The assailant can have concealed weapons which we haven’t noticed for some reason (bad lights, bad weather conditions and etc.) That can be different kinds of brass-knuckles, short knives, black-jacks or sappers.

Keeping in mind these two factors it is obvious that we can’t use “shield and cover” defenses because on the one hand our bare fists are too small to cover any significant area and on the other hand our cover won’t protect us from being hit by a black-jack for example.  So we should exclude these types of defense from our pugilistic training. But don’t worry; we still have tons of effective stuff down here.

First of all, it is all your boxing body movements. Slips, ducks, shoulder rolls and etc. are as good in the street as they are in the ring. Actually it’ll be even easier to evade small fists instead of big boxing gloves.
For the second, it is parrying. We can parry a strike, we can parry a knife thrust, and we can parry everything. 

For the third, it is blocking. Not very popular in the modern boxing blocking saved many lives in the old time prize fighting bouts. And once again, we can block everything be it a punch or a knife thrust. The rule is simple: shield and cover in the ring = blocking in the street. Interchange these techniques dependently. Some examples of blocking are present in the videos below.

Note: These videos are shot in a way that I don’t know what hand my partner will be striking with. We did this to show that blocking is a simple and spontaneous action. 

Thanks for your attention, 

See you! 

Pugilist’s Training Tips: Basics

This is a guest post from Oleg Fadeev (pictured below) who comes to us all the way from Nizhni Novgorod, Russia.

As we all know, the conditions of the street fight differ from the boxing bout ones, so today let’s talk about some common training peculiarities which helps us becoming not only a good boxer but a skillful pugilist as well.

image1First of all it is the most basic difference between boxing and pugilism – in the street there will be no tapes and gloves. That is why we should thoroughly condition our knuckles and wrists in order not to have an injury when defending ourselves. So, here are simple rules of the hand and wrist conditioning

Gloves are for the sparring only

It means that we should avoid using gloves working on the bags and pads. We can use tapes at the beginning, but we should aim at full power punching the heavy bag bare knuckled. The bag shouldn’t be very hard and it shouldn’t be very soft either. The thing is that we should feel how our knuckles dig into the target a little. Do not haste, begin with 20% of your strength and in course of time your fists will be as hard as a rock

Remember the goal and work out wisely

We can condition our fists and wrists during our workout routines as well. If you are doing push-ups, do them on your knuckles, not open handed. Also include different kinds of the wrist push-ups in your routines. The surface shouldn’t be too hard or too soft either. A wooden floor is the best variant, but a laminated one is also quite ok. DO NOT KNOCK WALLS OR OTHER HARD SURFACES WITH YOUR KNUCKLES!!! This way of hand conditioning is complicated and it demands a qualified instruction and supervision.

The second thing about gloves is that they are bigger in size than bare fists. It is significantly easier to defend against the punch wearing gloves, so if we are training for the street we should add some additional gear in our sparring sessions. I’d suggest using MMA gloves and helmets with a face shield from time to time.

Now let’s look on the environmental aspect of the fight. It happens so that we have to fight on different surfaces and in different circumstances, so we should get acquainted to possible battlefields. I’d suggest adding open air sparring sessions in our curriculum. It can be street, backyard, countryside etc. We should wear everyday garments and shoes, we should train in any season so we can use all pros and cons of different gear and weather conditions.

This was the basics of the pugilist’s training. Later on we’ll talk about other interesting things concerning boxing self-defense.

Best regards,

Oleg